Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar
Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on March 14, 2016.
With an avuncular smile, Jean-Paul Agon greets The Jakarta Post in L’Oréal Indonesia’s head office in Jakarta’s central business district. “It’s my fourth visit to this country. The first time I came here was in 1997 and then I came back in 2000 and 2010. Jakarta has changed so much. I see a great revolution in the infrastructure and modernization.”
Earlier that day, the chairman and CEO of L’Oréal Group met President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace to discuss the long-term commitment of the France-based cosmetics and beauty giant to building a more sustainable presence in the archipelago. This includes the opening of the company’s first factory in the Jababeka Industrial Estate in Cikarang, West Java, in 2012. Dubbed as L’Oréal’s largest factory in the world, the 66,000-square-meter factory serves the domestic and Southeast Asian markets. The factory was the first in Indonesia to receive Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification from the US Green Building Council.
“Sustainability is what we are really focused on today. More consumers and more growth mean more responsibility for us. Yet, our sustainability effort goes beyond commitment to achieving carbon balance by 2020. Sustainability also includes our management, which focuses on innovation, human resources and product quality,” Agon asserted.